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. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon said if that happens, the have the majority of the 800,000 civilian workers would have to be furloughed. >> this is one of the most distasteful tasks i will face. >> reporter: they will lose one day of work each week for 22 weeks, a also of 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted. pentagon officials warn even though the civilian workforce will take the direct hit -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and family mem tbhers untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay it by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's but that set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1st, $85 billion in spending cuts did into effect all at once. it would also mean tsa agents are furloughed, so expect longer lines at airport security. 1,000 law enforcement agents forced off the job. 70,000 preschoolers dropped from their head start program. 80% of the pentagon civilian workforce is based outside of the washington area. virg
road for confirmation for the president's pick to head the pentagon. >>> also security. bomb sniffing dogs nay not be able to detect bombs afterall. does that mean millions of taxpayer dollars are going to waste? >>> and two reasons to celebrate. it's super bowl weekend. and our dear friend robin is there. >> oh, where are my manners? >>> good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelsen. >> and i'm sunny hostin. we start with several stories developing overnight. an emergency landing in portland, oregon. >> an alaska airlines flight was diverted after the pilot passed out in the cockpit. the plane was on its way to l.a. from seattle when the pilot lost consciousness. the plane landed safely. with 116 people on board. no word on what caused the pilot the pass out. >>> and passengers on a jetblue flight had camera phones roling when a blonde-haired woman was removed from the plane. the new york to san diego flight was diverted to denver and the woman was removed. the plane continued to southern california. >>> also overnight, the death toll is rising following an explosion in mexico city.
if those budget cuts go through. pentagon workers would lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weeks. that's a loss of about 20% of their pay. and the budget people at the defense department said the effect of those cuts will be felt across the country. >>> also, from the pentagon, a military milestone. for the first time since 2007, more than 30 days have passed with no u.s. deaths in afghanistan. the pentagon says that's because of fewer enemy attacks. and the fact that afghans, now, are taking over more of their own security operations. >>> if you're about to chow down on an egg mcmuffin this morning, you're probably not alone. a new study shows just how much fast food americans eat. adults ate 11% of their daily calories in fast food over a four-year period. topping the survey, nonhispanic black adults who ate one-fifth of their diet from fast food. and the over-60 crowd, ate fast food just 6% of the time. >>> well, drinking coffee can apparently give you the jolt you need to live longer. a new study of older americans found three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of early
to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoff it is congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say oopse. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. >> i've said it before, i'll say it again, i want to party with him. >> he's not
the way for him to become president barack obama's new pentagon chief despite opposition from some republicans. hagel is expected to have enough votes to get past the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. he needs 60 votes to make that happen. >>> president obama is due to take part in google+ and the hangout where he will answer questions on his state of the union address. selected participants will ask questions about his address to congress and you can also and questions via the white house's youtube channel. the hangout will start at 4:50. >>> well, if you're a teacher some state lawmakers want to help you out. they want to give you a bigger tax break for school supplies you buy. the bill would allow teachers to write off as much as $500 for school supplies they purchase out of pocket. right now you get $250 from the federal government for those supplies. but the state doesn't have any such offer. similar bills failed in 2003 and 2004 and 2005 because they were deemed too expensive. >>> a former graduate student in pennsylvania is now suing her school
. >> reporter: the pentagon calls the cuts stupid. and it's hard to disagree. get this. there's billions of dollars the pentagon wants to cut, but isn't allowed. like the upgraded m-1 abrams tank, $3 billion. and the upgraded global hawk spy drone, $2.5 billion. with just over 48 hours until these cuts go into effect, you might think there would be urgent meetings going on here at the white house or up con capitol hill, but you would be wrong. there are no meetings or even phone calls on the schedule right now between the president and republican leaders. david? >> and friday is coming quickly, jon. our thanks to you tonight. >>> we're going to turn to iran this evening, where tonight, the iranian team is at the negotiating table with not only the u.s., but several other nations. those critical nuclear talks we've been reporting on for the last week here. as you know, we're just back from iran, where we witnessed first hand the economic sanctions led by america. so many of the iranians at the markets, at the schools, telling us they can feel it. many telling us also they're hoping for a
that in the entire pentagon budget there isn't an iota of room for cuts like this for meaningful cuts would be lying. >> this is significant. you have republicans saying the pentagon budget can be cut without jeopardizing national security. not all of them. you have people like john mccain -- describe the fall but a lot of republicans, privately and publicly, saying that there is room to cut the -- >> as long as you don't -- as long as you hold harmless with everything that deals with troop readiness on the front lines and military families but there's plenty of room in the procurement budgets, there's plenty of room for reforms and for -- >> i want to come to that in a second but the problem will be, i think for the white house, broadly and for the country is the point congressman ellison makes, you hit the sequester right now, it will have a real economic impact right away. >> absolutely, absolutely, and i think you'll hear the president most likely talk about that on tuesday night, tuesday night. we can't have any more self-inflicted wounds on the economy. the economy is poised to take off. if we
day last year according to new statistics out from the pentagon. the 325 deaths set a new record. the army officials said the number exceeded those in afghanistan during the same period. >>> the grandstand of a county fairground goes up in fire but this was no accident. why the city decided to burn it to the ground. >>> what are the odds of getting this to win a game right after falling down. we'll hear from the high schooler who made that unlikely buzzer beater. >>> a fire torches a grandstand in austin, minnesota. it was used as a training session for firefighters. the department said burning down the stand will save the city $30,000 in removal costs. >>> a football a nat tech in california turned his lawn into a mini super bowl stadium. check it out. it looks like the field from the super bowl. they have a ravens end zone and a niners end zone and the nfl logos. the man who created it said it took about 15 hours and his neighbors supports his stadium work but i'm sure they hope it's gone today. >>> a high school basketball player in l.a. hits an improbable shot. he gets up, ba
face 85 billion dollars in cuts that could lead to furloughs for 2 million people. the pentagon fears it will have a drastic effect on the military. republicans say the sequester is going to happen but democrats are proposing to delay the cuts again. >> we can't cut our way to research and development and we have to get back to a balance. and i think the american people understand that. >> reporter: and only time will tell if congress will be able to avoid the sequester. those cuts happen on march 1st. right now, it looks like both side are far from the balanced solution. linda so, abc2 news. >>> news around the nation, a central texas fire chief says that doctors are optimistic two firefighters will recover from serious burns suffered in a fire that killed two colleagues. the fire chief thanked everyone on sunday for prayers. a community vigil was scheduled sunday night at high school stadium in bryan about 90 miles northwest of houston. the chief declined to speculate on what started friday night's fire at an unoccupied knights of columbus hall. >>> a passenger who was on bore the c
as 2 million workers. the pentagon fears it would have a drastic effect on the military. last week, democrats proposed delaying the cuts once gone but republicans are saying no way. >> we are here because the president in the last session refused to cut spending in anyplace and we wound up with the sequester. >> reporter: and you are going to be hearing the word a lot sequester. it's how dc is referring to the ought mat being across the board spending cuts due on march 1st. live in federal hill, linda so, ab catch the 2 news. >>> today is -- abc2 news. >>> today is president's day but parking meters will be in effect and the mba wants you a know the off will be close and vehicle admission inspection station so keep that in mind if you have the day off. time is running out if you want to save pony on energy star products. today is the last day to take advantage of a tax break on srn appliances such as washing machines and standard size refrigerators. there's a list for the items available on the comp trol are's website and a learning to that is on ours -- link to that is on ours. >>
be out of work. >> at the pentagon, thousands of workers would see their work week cut down by a day. some 8hundred thousand workers would looz a day pay. we'd see the biggest impact in our state along with virginia, texas and georgia. >> as far as like the day-to- day business of operations, you're not going to see a -- it's not going to be a snap and things will stop but things will move slowly. >> starbridge says ships scheduled the return will not be able to and ships scheduled for repairs won't get it. >> new video of the gas explosion in kansas city missouri. tonight workers are still trying to search for possible victims. at least one body has been recovered. we'retold a construction crew hit a gas line that sparked the blast. >> the family of a former police officer who killed his ex-wife and daughter-in-law and another woman says a brain tumor may be to blame. according topolice, thomas shot and killed the woman before turning the gun on himself in a delaware courthouse last week. hisfamily says he was diagnosed with the tumor in 1990 but was told there was no need to op
the pentagon released no names of service members killed in afghanistan. but there was a reminder of service and sacrifice of our soldiers there on monday president obama awarded the medal of honor to army veteran clint romesha whose son told a bit of the spotlight before the ceremony began. romesha fought back tears as he was presented with the award for leading a charge against taliban fighters who attacked a small outpost in 2009. eight americans died in that battle. we honor the service of romesha and all of those soldiers. and finally, your voice this week, the question comes from yasin who asks "where can i rewatch your programs can." thank you for watching. evi episode issal variable at our website, abcnews.com/thisweek or check out our web only interviews like this morning newt gingrich will be sticking around to answer your questions much that's all for us today. thank you for sharing part of your sunday with us. check out with"world news with d muir" tonight. george will be back next week and we hope you will too.
together with more sensible approaches. >> reporter: yesterday the pentagon said if the cuts happen it'll furlough most of its 800,000 civilian work force. losing one day of work a week for up to 22 weeks would mean a cut of 20% in pay. military people would be exempt but. >> the across the board cuts to defense will harm our national security interests, will reduce our readiness. >> reporter: the cut also have a ripple affect across the nation. tsa agents could be furloughs meaning longer lines at security. 1,000 fbi and other agents off the job and 70,000 preschoolers dropped from head start. next week the president will hit the road to highlight what the white house called the real world impact of these cuts including lost jobs. abc news washington. >> now if an agreement isn't reached in time more than 100,000 federal employees right here in the state could have their salaries cut. >> all new, adam jones, chris davis and matt weeder also have a all new look when they step in to the batter's box. a new batting helmet developed will be standard issue for all teams this season. the
, why the pentagon has grounded some premary jet fighters. . >> plus. >> all right rosie we're out here live where the showers are coming down. look at the glazed ice on one of the cars in the abc2 news parking lot. you cansee what we're dealing with and a quick shot of these showers as they come down. . >> you need to clean off my car. and combining history class and a math lesson stirs up troubl . also, enough racy texts, which government agency is warning employees about using their cell phones for hanky pangy. . >> brand new at 11:00, the military has ground the entire fleet of f-33 fighters after discovering a flaw. a crack in the engine blade was discovered during a routine inspection. ifnavy and air force jets were also grounded. about fourhundred billion dollars worth of mraens are grounded until the investigation is complete. >> the fbi is cracking down on sexting. don't worry, they're only going after their own employees. the agency'sassistant director says employees have used government issued devices to send racy texts and pictures. so a report went out reminding the
powerhouse round table. >>> but first some facts. pentagon will take the biggest hit. president obama warned of dire consequences yesterday. >> the threat of these cuts has forced the navy to delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the persian gulf. just this week, the pentagon announced that if these cuts go through, almost 800,000 defense employees, the equivalent of every person in miami and cleveland combined will be forced to take an unpaid leave. >> with that, let's take the debate to our first roundtable. headlined by mike rogers of michigan. lead democrat on the house foreign affairs committee eric engoal and our own george will and christiane amanpour. >> the impact on the national security, no doubt. only 2 cents on the dollar over the whole federal budget. that's in seven months and highlighted, put at least most of the burden on the defense department. that's going to have an impact. that's a 13% cut. the best way to get through this, we can point fingers the best way to do this is to allow flexibility. if you allow flexibility -- >> i wanted to bring that to congressman e
spending cuts that will strike the pentagon, as well as domestic programs, starting next month. >>> and another big story that we're watching this morning. millions of people are bracing for a megablizzard that could dump a foot of snow on parts of the northeast. >> the storm could rival the monster blizzards that paralyzed the area around two years ago. boston and coastal new england are expected to bear the brunt of it. but the heaviest snow coming down tomorrow morning. and the new york area could be under as much as ten inches of snow. >> airlines are preparing for the very worst. they've already started waiving rebooking fees for flights heading in and out of the storm zone. as the storm moves in, winter warnings and advisories have been posted in 14 states, from minnesota to maine. here's accuweather's jim dickey. >> good morning, rob and diana. we're tracking the potential for a major winter storm. a crippling winter storm. that will develop as we head into friday. as two systems come together here. the area we're watching, from massachusetts to southern maine. many spot
expected to be sent to congress this month. the pentagon is racing for automatic -- bracing for automatic butt cuts on march -- budget cuts on march 1st unless congress intervenes, saturday mail service will be a thing of the past. >>> u.s. postal service officials announced they will stop delivering first class mail on saturdays but packages will be delivered. the change which goes into effect august 1st is expected to save a few billion dollars. the agency also plans to implement a number of other cost cutting measures. postal officials have been calling on congress to pass legislation to ease their fiscal pain. >>> it's official. the iron is now out. the cat is now in. monopoly announced the change on its facebook page. the company used an online contest to choose the new token and there you see it's a kitty cat. now this -- was because they wanted to go to more current characters. but it's offsetting the dog with the cat. so -- >> is the cat new? they've been around come on. >>> all right, weigh in on facebook and let us know what you think. stay with us this morning because you have
million workers. the pentagon fears it could have a drastic effect on -- and republicans says it's coming. >> we are here because the president back in the last session of congress refused to cut spending in in anyplace and we wound up with it. >> reporter: there's uncertainty over the deadline senator schumer appears confident the sequester will be avoided. >> their arguments don't meet the favor of hardly anyone other than themselves and the few whose special interest they areprotecting. >> reporter: finding the balance has evade lawmakers. shelby lynn reporting from atlanta. >> the budgets cuts were averted at the beginning of the year in a scaled back fiscal cliff. >>> if you need to update the washing machine or refridge rayor, today is the day to do it. it's the last day to take advantage of the tax break on energy star products. after today, you are going to have to pay sales tax on the appliances so again it ends today so today is the day to do that. >> time for a check on your weather with meteorologist lynette charles. it was so cold yesterday and more of it was the wind. >> ve
to 20% due to furloughs. meantime according to the pentagon the workers responsible for crucial military functions would be forced to stay at home one day a week without pay. >> but it's not just the military employees who are going to feel the pain. 84,000 children who attend dod run schools will be affected if their teachers are furloughed as a result of sequestration. >>> now the possibility of automatic budget cuts means that children in government funded programs could also be out of the classroom. that's because some head start programs would lose their funding, without head start children from low income families wouldn't get the preschool education. >> my concerns for sequestration would be who to cut, when to cut, how to cut. it would be very difficult for us to determine who doesn't get the service and who does. >> well, the adults who teach these kids would also be out of work as well. >>> well, today government officials, gun controlled a vocals and law enforcement officials will attend a conference on the federal response to gun violence. this is in response to the sandy hoo
warnings later today about the financial dangers of sequestration. the pentagon will warn congress that it will furlough many of its 800,000 civilian workers if the sequestration takes effect on march 1st. the president has asked congress to delay the automatic budget cuts. nld and coming up today, lance armstrong is expected to come clean under oath about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. for more than a decade armstrong adamantly denied that he ever used banned banned substances. the u.s. anti-doping agency wants blacklist in an effort to restore cycling. >>> a repairman of a water company is expected to be okay after being hit by a car. this accident all caught on camera. two workers were standing in the middle of the road in missouri, shutting off a water valve when a minivan drove through the intersection. one worker was able to jump out of the way, but the other one was hit. the driver did stop at the scene and is not going to be charged. but some incredible video to pass along to you this morning. >> horrible accident. >>> right now 4:54 on this wednesday morning. le
the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. his nomination was met with criticism by some senate republicans. >>> well, just days after speaking to millions in an ash wednesday mass, pope benedict 16 will now meet with parish priests from rome today. he's expected to talk about his personal experiences during the reformist second vatican council back in the 1960s. he made a surprise announcement last week saying he would be stepping down from his position due to health reasons. the story is continuing to develop. >>> five things to know on this thursday morning. check your fridge before making your salad and heading off to work today because taylor farms retail is recalling some baby spinach because it could be contaminated with e. coli. it was sold around several labels. >>> the numbers have gone up 4% since 2002. in the study half the women who used the pill said they did it because they had unprotected sex. >>> passengers aboard a carnival cruise ship will finally be able to get off the boat today. it's expected to dock in mobile, alabama. a fire in the room has
pentagon first of all. the na plans to hold a news conference today in tennessee to respond to the president's state of the union address. on tuesday, the president called on congress to vote on a package of proposed measures including a ban on a sale of assault weapons and mandatory background check. >>> robin roberts will be on the cover of "people" magazine this week. inside the gma co-anchor talks about the battle with cancer. pick up a copy at newsstands beginning tomorrow. >>> today a collection of love letters between lyndon johnson and lady bird johnson will be available for the public to read. nearly 100 letters were written by the couple during their two month court ship back in 1934. they're going to go on display at the presidential library in austin. >>> it doesn't matter how old you are, valentine's day is a holiday everyone can enjoy. >> absolutely with that being said your age can determine your definition of love on this valentine's day. some young philosophers actually give some insight as to what they call love. >> valentine's day -- my daddy. >> chocolate
the committee that he need to learn more about the pentagon. saying, quote, if confirmed i intend to know a lot more than i do. jonathan carl, abc news, the white house. >> not a great performance you heard even from people who will vote for him or like him or fellow, you know democrats who may vote for him. were not pleased with what they heard. thing. has such a different perspective on war. and so he is more critical about the nation's military. does a person not have a rgt ig to go to a slaughterhouse and change their opinion on red meat. >> of course. >> republicans say this guy is further left than president obama. republicans are skittish about his nomination. >> people are saying though his performance, well he was really under fire. so i think anyone in that hot seat may not do his or her best they're saying he likely will be confirmed i suspect. >> it is going to be a bumpy ride. in related news, secretary of state hillary clinton leaving office officially today after sounding a warning about civil war in syria. at a sort of exit interview, clinton accused iran of playing an increasin
but this week the pentagon did not release any names of u.s. service members killed in afghanistan or iraq. that's the first time that's happened since july 2011. overnight however there was a tragic reminder that the horrors of war echo far beyond the battlefield. navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle who's best-telling book "american sniper" detours four tours in iraq was killed yesterday as a gun range in texas. the shooter believed to be a former marine whom kyle was counseling through a struggle with ptsd. in iraq kyle was awarded two silver star and five bronze stars for bravery. we honor his service. and that is all for us today. thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. check out "world news" with david muir tonight and see you tomorrow on "gma." i got it when we could download an hd movie in like two minutes. [ male announcer ] once you've got verizon fios internet, you get it, the difference 100% fiber optics makes. but don't take our word for it, ask a real fios customer. ask me about the upload speeds. they're sick! [ male announcer ] so go online today and send a tweet to a real fios custo
and evil ones who try to get into the pentagon and fbi, credit cards and all kinds of things. >> and anonymous swears they're doing this for the public good. that's questionable. >>> new york city may soon join other communities nationwide in an environmental crackdown. cups and containers made out of styrofoam may soon be illegal in new york because it can't be recycled. new york may join a growing list of cities to ban the stuff and styrofoam all together. some restaurant owners oppose it, because containers are pretty cheap. >>> the postmaster's plan to cut most saturday deliveries beginning in august could be challenged in august. the postal service says the move could save $2 billion a year. one company that would benefit from dropping saturday mail deliveries is netflix. the company could be more profitable because subscribers may be able to have fewer dvds delivered for the same monthly price. we had this debate with my husband. i happen to love getting mail. >> really? >> it's an american tradition. it's like taking away apple pie or baseball or monday night r.a.w. or
pentagon ruling allowing women at the front lines. mr. obama said for all practical matters women are already serving in combat and serving with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >>> and now to breaking news this morning from southern california where there has been a deadly bus crash. a tour bus apparently hit a pickup truck head on near the city of yucaipa in a remote area of san bernardino county. at least eight people were killed, dozens more hurt. the bus was returning to tijuana, mexico from big bear lake at the time of the accident. the crash happened on a mountainous stretch of highway. >>> new details about the fatal shooting of former navy s.e.a.l. and american sniper author chris kyle and his friend at a texas gun range on saturday. a sheriff in texas says the shooter, also an iraqi war vet, may have been suffering from some sort of mental illness, perhaps ptsd, post-traumatic stress disorder. >> the suspect's mother, she may have reached out to mr. kyle to try and help her son. and we kind of have an idea that maybe that's why they were at the range, for some t
this morning of a new poll out, planned for the u.s. forces in afghanistan. the pentagon is reportedly pushing a timetable that would keep some 8,000 troops in the country after the mission officially ends next year. white house advisers have pushed for a more aggressive withdrawal. the president is expected to announce a final decision soon. >>> an outpouring of support in texas, for the man known as the deadliest sniper in military history. nearly 7,000 people turned out to honor and remember chris kyle. he was killed at a shooting range near dallas, by a fellow iraq war veteran who told authorities he was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. >>> and police near minneapolis are trying to figure out why a man was randomly firing shots at cars driving through an intersection. one struck and killed a 10-year-old boy in his mother's vinny van. police arrested the shooter a short time later. >>> a new move by twitter to become a shopping destination. now reached a deal with american express, that will allow cardholders to buy products from the site for the first time using a special hash
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